Victorian Murderesses: A True History of Thirteen Respectable French and English Women Accused of Unspeakable Crimes
Registered by Tanamo of Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on 4/16/2017
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A study of 13 of the most infamous of nineteenth-century criminal women, British and French, seen against the legal, social and domestic constraints, which drove them to the desperate expedient of murder.
The only thing about this book that surprised me was the fact that there weren't more of such cases bearing in mind the way women, marriage and sex were viewed at the time. Women rarely got to choose their own husbands. This was usually done by their parents more with a view to money and status than with a view to happiness. Most were married off to much older husbands and were expected to produce healthy children. In those days veneral disease was rife, along with its corresponding mental illness and everyone was on the make including servants who knew a lot about what went on and also knew knowledge was power. Also things like arsenic and chloroform were easily obtained. It really is amazing that even more murders were not committed.